32 Pianists perform 32 Beethoven Sonatas

Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas represent the composer’s life journey, both as a composer and human being. From the early sonatas, which are stylistically akin to those of Mozart or Haydn, through to the final six, which are amongst the most sublime works ever written for the instrument. They are often performed as a complete cycle but rarely heard altogether, although pianist Julian Jacobson (one of the pianists taking part in this festival) achieved this extraordinary feat last year at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

St Barnabas church in Ealing is presenting a major piano festival celebrating Beethoven, programming all 32 Sonatas over a period of two days. This is the third Beethoven festival at the church and it takes place on  Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th (from 2.00 pm to 10.00 pm) and the works will be performed by a distinguished team of 32 pianists.  There are afternoon sessions from 2 to 6 pm and  evening sessions from 7 to 10 pm on each day, with regular intervals for refreshments (tea and supper are available).

The church houses a superb Bosendorfer concert grand, used by the BBC at Maida Vale studios for broadcasts.   Concerts are held ‘in the round’, with the piano and musicians in the centre of the nave, so everyone is reasonably close to the performers.    A state-of-the-art projection system will be in operation allowing everyone in the audience to see the pianist – and their hands – at close quarters, transforming the whole experience.

All 32 pianists will contribute substantially to this immense musical journey, from the first work, Op 2 no 1, on Saturday afternoon, to the great Op 111 on Sunday evening.   They come from all over the world, and cover a wide age range. Many have won major piano awards and enjoyed distinguished careers; hearing them play in succession on the same piano will no doubt prove endlessly fascinating.

Admission for each session will be £12 (£6 for students/young people), or £40 for the entire festival.  No tickets will be issued beforehand, so you can just turn up on the day. The church is very large so admission is guaranteed.    There is ample free parking in nearby streets.  All proceeds will go towards St Barnabas church funds.   The Church wants to raise over £100,000 following the installation of a new organ, so you can enjoy some of the most profound piano music and support a very worthy cause.  

Here’s the programme:

Saturday Afternoon May 17th
2.00 Kathron Sturrock F minor Op 2 no 1
2.25 Colin Stone A major Op 2 no 2
2.50 interval
3.00 Seta Tanyel C major Op 2 no 3
3.25 Aristo Sham E flat major Op 7
3.55 Tea
4.25 Veronika Shoot C minor Op 10 no 1
4.45 Yoriko Wakabayashi F major Op 10 no 2
5.00 interval
5.10 Meng Yang Pan D major Op 10 no 3
5.35 Maria Setiadi C minor Op 13
Saturday Evening May 17th
7.00 Julian Jacobson E major Op 14 no 1
7.15 Mariko Brown G major Op 14 no 2
7.30 Nafis Umerkulova B flat major Op 22
7.55 interval
8.10 Danielle Salamon E flat major Op 27 no 1
8.25 Tadashi Imai C# minor Op 27 no 2
8.40 interval
8.55 Karim Said  D major Op 28
9.20 Olga Paliy G major Op 31 no 1
Sunday Afternoon May 18th 
2.00 Andrew Brownell A flat major Op 26
2.20 Reiko Fujisawa  D minor Op 31 no 2
2.45 Dina Diusen E flat major Op 31 no 3
3.05 interval
3.15 Alice Pinto G minor Op 49 no 1
3.25 Viv McLean G major Op 49 no 2
3.35 Simon Watterton  C major Op 53
4.00 Chinatsu Izumikawa F major Op 54
4.10 TEA
4.40 Angela Brownridge  F minor Op 57
5.05 Marcus Andrews F# major Op 78
5.15 Aleksandra Myslek G major Op 79
5.30 Alexander Soares E flat major Op 81a
5.45 Gamal Khamis E minor Op 90
Sunday Evening May 18th
7.00 Jayson Gillham A major Op 101
7.25 Hugh Mather  B flat major Op 106
8.10 interval
8.25 Mishka Rushdie Momen E major Op 109
8.45 interval
9.00 Pavel Timofejevsky A flat major Op 110
9.30 Mikhail Shilyaev C minor Op 111


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

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